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View Poll Results: Do you use armor pads with your jacket?
No Armor 232 31.52%
Elbow & Shoulder 116 15.76%
Elbow, Shoulder, & Back 372 50.54%
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Old 30th March 2008
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When I started riding, there was no armor. Just leather. There weren't any full coverage helmets, either. (Just the kind Mario Andretti wore, with a narrow slit for the eyes. Bell made them, I think.) I have managed to move into the modern age to the extent that I no longer wear leather, largely because I find Cordura superior in a number of ways. I find it more comfortable, it can be waterproof, you can clean it more easily, and if you fall, cordura tends to slide, whereas leather tends to make you tumble (see Knieval's famous crashes), which is how you break bones more often than not. Having said all that, I still cannot bring myself to wear armor. I wear two Tourmaster jackets with the armor removed, and one Aerostich Darien (a terrific bloody jacket) with the armor likewise removed. I just find it incredibly uncomfortable and it makes the jacket ungainly off the bike. (Ever try folding up or rolling up an armored coat?) I'm not saying armor doesn't have its uses -- there is too much evidence to the contrary -- I'm just saying that for me, it's a trade off. There comes a point, I guess, when you can just over-obsess about protection. Take the armor argument to its logical extension and what you wind up with is a car.
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I have a fieldsheer armored jacket that I like a lot. Lots of pockets too.
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+1 on the FXRG textile jacket. It gets very comfortable once it's washed a couple of times, but it is way to hot at 90 degrees or above. I forget about the armour when riding and it's a lot of pockets and the ventilation works really well.

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After much searching and window shopping (way, way more shopping than I cared to do...) and trying on about a bazillion different jackets ranging from cheapo stuff to top end leathers, I finally settled on the FXRG textile jacket.

It is very comfortable and comes with all the bells and whistles, including all the armor, albeit soft armor inserts. My only complaint is that it is too hot to wear if it is over 90 outside. It sure is toasty right about now, though!
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I wear this quite a bit:
I have the Icon Strongarm jacket too. Its a wonderful piece of gear. If you want serious street protection I highly recommend anything Icon makes. They make their equipment to look good and take one hell of a beating. Almost everything they make is 2 sizes smaller than listed though. Normally I wear an XL but my jacket is a XXXL.
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I got an armored style from "Leatherup" the fit is great even with the liner in. and the price was good.
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I just bought my first jacket with elbow, shoulder and back pads. So far im happy with it.
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Sorry I can't post pics yet, but I found these links for this mesh jacket with removable chest, back and shoulder armor and an adjustable belt...looks pretty durable. What do you guys think?

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Seriously though, I have a Firstgear mesh jacket with lightweight armor in the elbows, shoulders and back for riding in 70 deg and above that keeps me as cool while riding as no jacket at all...it is mostly a silvery weave that seems to reflect the heat. Walking through a store with minimal air conditioning is a different story. I often packed extra layers to throw under this jacket for cooler nights or unexpected changes in temps.

For cooler riding, I recently got a Firstgear Kilimanjaro III jacket with thicker armor in the same places. Nice, durable feeling jacket, but with the insulated liner it is quite toasty. Without the liner and with the vents open it seems like it will work very well up to about 70 deg, but then it would be too hot if you are stopped or walking around off the bike.
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I have slowly been replacing all my riding jackets with ones that have elbow, shoulder and back armor. After seeing so many injuries, I guess I've gotten a little smarter...
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I don't wear a jacket with armor yet, but I plan on it when I have the funds (Fed rebate). I don't bounce as well as I did 20 years ago and it takes longer to heal from mishaps. I enjoy riding but just want to be and feel a little safer.
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I have this exact jacket.. and I love it. Great in the winter but a bit hot in the Summer.

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Picked up a Moto GP textile jacket with armor/back pad and a zip out lining at www.newenough.com. It was on sale for $50, well worth it. I prefer leather but wanted something for warmer weather.
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